By Gerald Horne
What does it suggest that Lawrence Dennis—arguably the “brains” in the back of U.S. fascism—was born black yet spent his whole grownup existence passing for white? Born in Atlanta in 1893, Dennis begun existence as a hugely touted African American baby preacher, traveling nationally and arousing audiences along with his dark-skinned mom as his escort. although, at some point soon among leaving prep tuition and getting into Harvard college, he selected to desert his family members and his former existence as an African American with the intention to go for white. Dennis went directly to paintings for the nation division and on Wall highway, and finally turned the general public face of U.S. fascism, assembly with Mussolini and different fascist leaders in Europe. He underwent trial for sedition in the course of global struggle II, virtually touchdown in felony, and finally grew to become a chilly battle critic earlier than death in obscurity in 1977.
Based on broad archival learn, The colour of Fascism blends biography, social background, and significant race idea to light up the attention-grabbing lifetime of this complicated and enigmatic guy. Gerald Horne hyperlinks passing and fascism, the 2 major poles of Dennis's existence, suggesting that Dennis’s anger with the U.S. due to his upbringing in Jim Crow Georgia led him to alliances with the antagonists of the U.S. and that his own isolation which ended in his determination to move dovetailed together with his final isolationism.
Dennis’s existence is an enduring testomony to the resilience of right-wing inspiration within the U.S. the 1st full-scale biographical portrait of this exciting determine, The colour of Fascism additionally hyperlinks the unusual profession of a renowned American who selected to pass.
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